At Orbis Education and Care we offer a balanced and broad curriculum. Our ethos is that in order for each pupil to achieve their very best you must cater to their individual likes and learning interests, and appeal to their strengths, motivations, aspirations and personalities. That being said, it is imperative that we develop their essential skills and do so via a variety of different methods that are based on their capability. In other words, we are not a one–size–fits–all type of school. Instead, we offer bespoke learning that is meaningful and engaging for each child, delivered in their preferred learning style and in small classes of carefully matched peers.
The following is a list of subjects that are offered at our schools:
- Life Skills
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Careers Education
- Design & Technology
Pupils achieve external qualifications through a range of external accreditation courses including ASDAN, AQA, Agored Cymru, Prince’s Trust and Equals. This is based on their learning interests where accreditations are chosen to compliment the curriculum and help to develop the skills that the pupils learn.
Our curriculum is currently being redeveloped, with staff working together to make a new way of learning that reflects the complex needs of our pupils. Learning at KS2 and KS3 is thematic, giving pupils the opportunity to be truly submerged in a topic and gain a love of learning.
All pupils aged 14+ have detailed transition plans which map out their future pathways. These then allow our teaching staff to deliver individualised learning which will equip pupils with the skills they will need in their future pathways.
PLCs meet monthly in order to reflect on current practice and its impact, to share good practice and to plan next steps. This refining process is in its early stages. PLCs allow staff to directly adapt the curriculum as well as how we deliver it to the pupils. This also allows staff to develop in building a curriculum which is distinctive and meets the varied and unique needs of each learner.
The school provides an environment that promotes engagement. Classrooms are well resourced with equipment including computers, laptops, iPads and C-Touch smart boards. These are used effectively as tools for learning as well as reward time. Thematic approaches are used wherever suitable, and learning is delivered using a multi-sensory approach that engages a range of learning styles.
All pupils now also have the opportunity to access The Orb: a sector leading resource which allows pupils to access work experience in the real world, on the high street. The Orb is a shop, café, kitchen, office and laundry – a learning centre designed to provide life skills and work skills. Pupils complete an application form specifying their areas of interest, and then work towards an individualised timetable, building on their skills on a week by week basis.